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saw them and used them as the most sacred concealed Record of Christianity, and that the Author of the Synopsis Sacra Scriptura, contemporary with Origen, as I suppose, knew of these Clementines, as Apocriphal or concealed, but in Part inspired Books of the New Testament. Of both which last fee the Collection of Authentick Records, Page 695, and 703-707. That when the Churches of Ethiopia were settled in the Days of Athanafius, they were then eight Books, as they are now, and in the fame Order as they are now: See Primitive Christianity Reviv'd, Vol. III. Page 520–564. That when Didyrnus, or whoever was the Author of the Counterfeit Works of Dionysius the Areopagite, wrote his Books; they were then a Book also, is they now are ; but still a Book concealed with the Bishops, and only epitomiz'd for the Use of the People. See the same Volume, Page 564-580. That when the Dispute happened between the Church and the Audians, in the Days of Epiphanius, they were a Book, frequently acknowledged by both Parties, to be really Apostolical, and in those Parts seem to have been a publick Book also. See the fame Volume, Page 585-604. That yet it was 150 Years or more after that Time, before it became a publick Book in other Parts of the Chriftian World; or was freely cited as such by any Writers now extant: All which appears by the Evidence refer'd to. So that the main Question with me is plainly this; not whether these Constitutions be really genuine, canonical, and apostolical, which seems to me perfectly undeniable : But how it
has come to pass that such important Records, for certain genuine, canonical, and apostolical, should be transmitted down, not as a publick Record, but rather as private or concealed Books of the New Testament. Of which true State of this Matter, see what I have said in St. Clement's and St. Irenæus's Vindication of these Constitutions, Page 43—48, and chiefly in the Colle&tion of Autbentick Records, Page 88-92.
N. B. It may not be improper to give an Account here of a Conversation I had with Bishop Burnet, soon after the Publication of my four Volumes; concerning the third of those Volumes, wherein I asserted and proved these Constitutions to be really genuine and apoftolical ; Mr. Benjamin Hoadley (now Bishop) had informed me, that the Bishop was furprized, that one of my Sagacity should believe fo: Whereupon I waited on the Bishop, and desired to know his Reasons against them : His Lordihip replied, that he had some Reasons against them, but did not now remember them. However, he soon recollected one of those Reasons, - viz. the Dryness and Dulness of the Prayers. : To which I answered, that his Lordship greatly surprized me by faying so: Since I thought all that perused them allowed they were among the best Prayers now in the World. The Bishop said farther, in Excuse for his present Unacquaintedness with such Matters of Antiquity, (which Mr. Hoadley had hinted to me already,) that 'twas thirty Years ago since he read ! over the three first Centuries ; which well agrees with his Notes, which I have by me, on the first
and second Canons of the Apostles, printed A. D. 1673; and with his Son's Account of his Life; where he informs us, that for four Years and a half 'at Glasgow, from 1669, to 1673, he, every other Thursday, Explained fome Portion of the 6. Ritual and Constitution of the Primitive Church;
making the Apoftolical Canons his Text, and “ reducing every Article of Practice under the • Head of one of those Canons."
N.B. As a Postfcript to my Account of the Convocation's Proceedings, I made this Year 1711, A Reply to the Confiderations on my Historical Preface, written by Dr. Knight, of St. Sepulchre's, a learned and pious Man. And to the Premonition to the Reader thereto prefixed, written by the not less pious, but much more learned and judicious Dr. Lee, 8vo, Price of the whole Pamphlet is.
The fame Year, 1711, a little before the Publica: tion of my four Volumes, I printed an half Sheer, intituled Animadversions on the New Arian Reprov'd, which had been published by Dr. Smallbroke ; it is to be found among my Collection of small Tracks, belonging to my five Volumes.
Before this Year, 1711 was out, I published my principal Work, Primitive Christianity Reviv'd, in four Volumes 8vo.
Vol. I. Containing the Epistles of Ignatius, both larger and smaller, in Greek and English.
Vol. II. The Apoftolical Conftitutions, in Greek and English.
Vol. III. An Effay on those Apoftolical Constitutions, to prove them genuine.
Vol. IV. An account of the Primitive Faith, concerning the Trinity and Incarnation. Price i l, 8 s.
Vol. I. The Epistles of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, both larger and smaller, in Greek and in Englis: With the various Readings from all the MSS. [divided now into Verses.]
To which is prefixed an Historical Preface, including the Accounts of the Universities and Convocations Proceedings with Relation to the Author. With a Supplement, and Portfcript. As also a Preliminary Dissertation, proving that the Larger Copies of Ignatius's Epistles are alone genuine : And the smaller only Heretical Extracts from them, made in the fourth Century. To which Preface is prefixed the Apologetick of Eunomius intire, in English.
N. B. The Name of each Epistle is to be added at the top of each Page hereafter.
Vol. II. The Constitutions of the Holy Apostles by Clement, in Greek and English: With the various Readings from all the MSS. [divided now into Verses.]
N. B. The Number of the Books is wanting at the top of each Page, till the VIIth Book: Nor are the Breadths of the Greek and English Columns well adjusted to one another. The Greek being usually a little too narrow, and the Englis a little too wide; which may be prevented, with a liccle Care, in fucceeding Editions.
N. B. We have in Constitutions V. 19. An Astronomical Determination of the Place of the Vernal Equinox, when the second Rule for finding Easter was promulgated ; viz. That it then fell on the 22d. of Dystrus or March ; which within about 134 Years, or rather the greater Part of them only, determine it to have been about A. D. 135. Which was the first proper Time when this Rule could take Place, upon the Destruction of the Church of the Jews at Jerufalm, by Harion; when the Equinox was leaving the 23d, and coming upon the 22d Day of March. As the Aftronomical Observations, and Tables agree. Now since the first Rule belonging to the original Copies of the Constitutions, still preferv'd in Epiphanius, was word 7pótepov, much ancienter than this second Rule ; as we learn from Eusebius and Epiphanius ; that first Rule, and the Constitutions to which it belonged, must have been much ancienter than A. D. 135, or before the second Century began. But what strongly confirms this Rule as really Apostolical, or rather as really deriv'd from our Lord himself, is the Deno. mination which the learned Anatolius gave it, when about A. D. 270. he stiles its Contents in the plaineft Words as pofible Κυριακής Αποδείξεις The Lords own Demonstrations ; cho' none of the Translators or Criticks durft fo understand them: For had they so done they must have confessed that the latest of these Constitutions was not only of Apostolical, but of Divine Authority, in the Opinion of Anatolius.